Losing Ground

Directed by Kathleen Collins


In partnership with the Hollywood Theatre’s Feminist March programming and in collaboration with Y.G.B, POW Film Fest is proud to present 2019 POW HONOREE Kathleen Collins’ re-discovered masterwork LOSING GROUND! This special screening at the historic Hollywood Theatre will be followed by a Q&A with the director’s daughter, author Nina Collins.

LOSING GROUND, written and directed by Kathleen Collins, is considered one of the first feature films made by an African-American woman. The film was deliberately designed to tell a story intended for popular consumption but was denied a commercial distribution at its release in 1982.

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Thus Collins paved the way for Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust (1991) to become the first feature-length narrative film created by a African-American woman to be placed in commercial distribution.

Although Losing Ground was denied large-scale exhibition, the film now stands as a monument to African-American and women’s cinema as well as a testament to Collins’ incredible talent.

She died, of breast cancer, in 1988, at the age of forty-six, with many future projects at hand but never to make another.

Film Synopsis

Losing Ground centers on the experiences of Sara (Seret Scott), a university professor whose artist husband Victor (Bill Gunn) rents a country house for a month to celebrate a recent museum sale. The couple’s summer idyll becomes complicated as Sara struggles to research the philosophical and religious meaning of ecstatic experience... and to discover it for herself.


Hollywood Theatre
4122 NE Sandy Blvd,
Portland, OR 97212


Saturday, March 30th


$ 9.00 / $ 7.00